I am a daily morning coffee junkie and usually add cream or milk and 2-3 packs of splenda. The thought of drinking coffee without cream or sweetener seemed out of the question. One week into the slow carb diet I tried just cream and was amazed that it was still drinkable... it seems that my taste buds are actually recalibrating (I am tasting sweetness in items I would have never considered to be sweet such as milk). Today I bought some kirkland brand cinnamon from costso and was shocked by how awesome it tastes just straight out of the shaker, It not only tasted insanely cinnamony(new word) but also sweet. I tried a generous amount in the bottom of my coffee cup before filling it and found it to be enjoyable to drink (not starbucks mocha enjoyable though). I think the trick is to drink it all within a few minutes of pouring as I found that the longer it sat the the more bitter / less enjoyable it became.
I am still experimenting to see what works the best.
Most suggestions I've seen involve using a really good coffee - not the "cheap" (haha!) instant stuff - and really good cinnamon (preferably, grating your own, I guess).
I don't drink much coffee myself - but my fiancé is a coffeehound and getting him off the flavored non-dairy creamers was my biggest fear about us starting this challenge. He has managed to switch pretty effortlessly to cinnamon rather than creamer, but he does use a packet of Truvia to sweeten it. *shrug* Its a compromise. If he finds himself plateauing, he'll probably give it up, but thus far he seems to be doing well.
I was having a hard time giving up my lattes. I tried regular coffee and it made me want to gag. Now I drink a grande Starbucks Americano most mornings. It's really good. I like the tast of espresso, not plain coffee. It's funny, I've only been on this program for 3 weeks, but during my second cheat day I drank a glass of milk and it tasted sooo sweet. Milk never tasted sweet to me before.
Jenny, here's an idea.
I've seen this product on ThinkGeek called "Miracle Berries" which cause your taste buds to taste sweet no matter what you are eating.
I recently saw the product on Dr. Oz, & they took the chewable tablet. It caused a lemon to taste sweet.
So I'm thinking of trying this product to see if it helps. Maybe it can help you too.
Even though I'm not usually a coffee drinker, I'm ready to start now that I made this discovery this weekend:.
My bottle looks a little different from the one at the link above; I got it at one of the natural food co-ops in my area. Anyway, each pump from the little bottle is considered equivalent to a teaspoon of cinnamon. I used it to flavor my unflavored Vega, and it was delish! Added that magical sweetness and a perfect amount of seasoning with just one pump (100 per bottle for about $10). You might want to check it out!
While I was travelling this weekend I popped into a coffee shop and ordered an Americano. When they asked if I wanted room for cream I said, "No, just room for cinnamon." She then asked if I wanted it brewed through the espresso shot! And, she even handed me the cinnamon shaker afterwards in case I wanted more. I went there several times over the weekend and two different baristas did the same thing for me!
Stirring in a little cinnamon and a little vanilla extract takes the edge off of the plain black coffee if you don't like the taste. Once the weather is warmer I'll switch to black ice coffee because I love iced coffee black. Until then, the extract and cinnamon offer just a enough sweetness without triggering my sweet tooth.
Putting the cinnamon in the filter with the coffee works well. Adding vanilla after it's brewed works really well too! I used to eat at least a 1/2 lb of cheese a week and drink a whole gallon of 2% milk a week, I thought I would never be able to stick to the slow card diet. It's only been two days, and I might have to start using heavy cream as suggested, but so far so good.
I'm using a saccarine-based sweetener (Hermesetas) every time I have a cup of coffee or tea. According to their website, saccarine is not broken down by the body and just passes through the kidneys unchanged so I'm pretty sure it's okay to use on the SCD:
(someone please tell me if I should be cutting back on the amount of saccarine I'm using - I have 2-3 cups of coffee or tea a day...)
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